, Volume 25, Issue 1, pp 349-366

Housing and children: simultaneous decisions?—a cohort study of young adults’ housing and family formation decision

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This study contributes to earlier research on homeownership and childbearing by taking into account the potential simultaneity between these two life events. A dataset comprising three different Swedish birth cohorts suggests that these are events that are indeed simultaneous. Different tests indicate that taking this simultaneity into account gives an overall statistically significant improvement of the model fit. However, this result is most obvious for those young adults who faced increasing problems on the housing market. The childbearing decision of these cohorts also seems to be more sensitive to changes in the user cost.

Responsible editor: Alessandro Cigno